The Federal Aviation Administration has designated the University of Alaska Anchorage as part of the College Training Initiative program. UAA is one of 36 approved CTI Air Traffic Control schools across the nation and was one of the five original schools approved at the program's beginning. To date, the UAA air traffic control program has graduated more than 400 students. UAA graduates boast a high graduation rate at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy.
Associate of Applied Science
The air traffic control program provides enhanced career opportunities for graduates, preparing students for careers in air traffic in both the private and public sectors. The Associate of Applied Science degree provides students with basic entry-level requirements, while the Bachelor of Science in aviation technology degree with an air traffic control emphasis is available for students wishing to prepare for management positions in the air traffic career field.
ATC professionals utilize knowledge of aircraft operating limitations and performance, weather and atmospheric processes, radar theory and radar systems, federal regulations, the US air traffic control system, as well as navigation methods within the National Airspace System. The associate degree prepares students for the technical requirements of the air traffic control profession, and for entry into the FAA Academy
Students enroll in lab classes using state-of-the-art simulation equipment in air traffic control tower, approach, and en route radar. ATC labs only accept four to eight students in each lab session, providing each student with a high level of individual attention.
UAA has no restrictions on age or physical condition of students entering into the program; however, students desiring employment with the Federal Aviation Administration should be aware of FAA employment requirements, which include the following:
Students with no prior air traffic background should begin course work in the fall semester. Early registration is strongly recommended. Prospective students are required to read our CTI information document [PDF]* before contacting us for academic advising on the Air Traffic Control program. This document will provide a greater understanding of our program and make your academic advising easier.
18 Month Program
To be eligible for the 18-month program, students must place into freshman composition (ENGL 111) and intermediate algebra (MATH 105) or higher, either through SAT/ACT scores or by taking the ACCUPLACER test (offered at UAA's Advising & Testing Center, found in the University Center). Courses required are identical to those for the two-year AAS degree, but a fixed course sequence beginning in the summer semester allows graduation in December of the following year. Please review the A.A.S. in air traffic control program information [PDF] for specific courses.
Please note: Because we restrict the number of students in our ATC labs to 40 each semester, students must obtain prior approval from the aviation academic advisor before final acceptance is given into the 18-month and two-year programs. Please make an advising appointment by calling 907.786.7200 or 907.786.7250.
Bachelor of Science
The FAA does not differentiate between two- and four-year degrees for initial employment as an air traffic controller. However, many of our students recognize that they may wish to work as a manager or trainer in the future and continue on with the four-year aviation technology degree after completion of the associate degree.